I receive letters to the editor throughout the year and while they are printed in the paper, I normally do not respond. In this case, however, I am.
In this week’s Letter to the Editor section, there is a letter concerning Grady Smithey’s articles. A question was asked, ”I would like to know how many “sections” are to there [sic] to this saga and how long will we be subjected to it?” Well the answer is… as many as he would like for as long as he would like.
I have gotten numerous comments from people stating to me that they enjoy reading Grady’s articles; this is the first complaint I have received! On the other hand, I have also received compliments and complaints about Preston’s articles.
It is unrealisitc to expect that every feature or story will be liked by every reader. The Suburban does its best to give readers a selection of stories that offer a variety of views.
Another section of the letter states, “We have had 30 years of Grady and it is time for him to sit back in his rocker and enjoy his current surroundings instead of making it his lifelong mission to make other people miserable.”
I do not believe that anyone would make it their ‘lifelong mission to make other people miserable’, let alone achieving this goal by writing a column for the local newspaper.
So to sum it all up, I will happily continue to have Preston Richards, Sue Heigele and Grady Smithy write their columns for the Suburban until one of them breaks a policy of this newspaper.
During the last few months I have received many phone calls, visitors and emails telling me how happy they are with the way the paper is now. I have tried my best to make this a paper that all citizens of Duncanville, Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Lancaster can be proud of!
***Below is the Letter to the Editor Being Responded to***
I would like to comment on his autobiography “Tall Cotton” (currently at Part 10). It needs to be titled “I, Grady Smithey”. I would like to know how many “sections” are to there to this saga and how long will we be subjected to it? Quite, personally, I enjoy Preston Richards’ history of Duncanville and not Grady Smithey bantering. Grady tells the story in Part 9 about the proposal to start a rumor that President Nixon was going to resign. Now, I call that destructive to say the least. (admitting that is was a lie at the time). How would he like it if a rumor was started that Grady Smithey was going to resign from the Duncanville Politics? We have had 30 years of Grady and it is time for him to sit back in his rocker and enjoy his current surroundings instead of making it his life long mission to make other people miserable. I have talked to a lot of my neighbors and they would like to see it this article end too. NO MORE PLEASE.
– Nancy Bell
41 year Resident